Each year, GEYA is required by Little League International to conduct background checks on Managers, Coaches, Board of Directors members and any other persons, volunteers or hired workers, who provide regular service to the league or have contact with players.
In addition the State of Pennsylvania has passed new requirements for 2016 for background checks for volunteers serving youth organizations.
Volunteers will now need to complete the following 4 items
- Little League New/Returning Volunteer Form
- PA Criminal Background Check
- PA Child Abuse History Clearance
- PA Affadavit of Residency
Please see below for the details for each of these clearances. If you have any questions please contact Joe Bojko,GELL Safety Director - Safety@geyabaseball.org.
All applications submitted to GEYA are strictly confidential. The GEYA Baseball Board will review all applicants and let you know if you are chosen to coach/volunteer for the season. Again, thank you for your interest in volunteering and for helping us with the background checks to keep our players safe!
Please mail all completed forms along with a copy of your drivers license to:
PO Box 164
Uwchland, PA 19480
Attn: Volunteer Application
-- GEYA Board of Directors
Little League Volunteer Form and Background Check
Each year, GEYA is required by Little League International to conduct background checks on Managers, Coaches, Board of Directors members and any other persons, volunteers or hired workers, who provide regular service to the league or have contact with players. All Volunteer Applications are strictly confidential. SS# IS MANDATORY.
2016 New Volunteer Form - applies to volunteers who DID NOT complete a background check with GEYA in 2015
2016 Returning Volunteer Form - applies to volunteers who completed a background check with GEYA in 2015
The New Volunteer Form requires a copy of a valid government picture ID and Social Security Number. If you are concerned with writing down your social security number on the volunteer form then you may contact the Safety Officer (Chad Naggy - firstname.lastname@example.org) to arrange to give this information directly to him. All Volunteer forms are destroyed after the background check is completed.
PA State Background Checks
PA Act 153 of 2014, which was amended on July 1, 2015 by PA Act 15 of 2015, requires very specific background checks for volunteers of youth serving organizations.
All volunteers are required to complete the following and provide copies to GELL beginning in the 2016 Spring Season:
1) Report of criminal history from the Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) at no cost https://epatch.state.pa.us/Home.jsp
2) Child Abuse History Clearance from the Department of Human Services no cost https://www.compass.state.pa.us/CWIS
3) Fingerprint based FBI criminal history clearance submitted through the Department of Human Services cost-$25.75 for volunteers that have not been PA residents for the past 10 years www.pa.cogentid.com//index_dpw.htm
- OR - A signed and notarized affidavit of residency (form download
These clearances are standard throughout PA and required for organizations like school volunteers, Scouting, and other youth groups. The clearances are transferrable so only copies need to be provided if you've gotten them for any other organization. The reports only display that the volunteer is allowed to work with youth. These clearances need to be renewed and submitted every five years.
More information can be found at http://keepkidssafe.pa.gov/clearances/index.htm